The Renku Sessions will resume in the first week of the new year, with a posting on Thursday, January 5. Given the start date, we have decided to use a “new year” format created by Professor Shinku Fukuda. This will be a Kasen (thirty-six verse) renku, in which we will be adding one new verse per week. I will offer a hokku (starting verse) in the first posting and invite readers to offer a wakiku (side verse/second verse) in response.
This session will differ from previous sessions in one important way. I will offer the author of each selected verse the opportunity to be the selector for the next verse, making brief comments on their selection. Since some will not wish to take up this challenge, it will be optional and I will remain ready to make a selection for anyone who declines. But I am hopeful that most, if not all, contributors will be happy to give this a try.
The idea of sharing the selection process came to me when I found it difficult to find new volunteers to lead future THF renku sessions among those poets that I know to have led renku sessions elsewhere. We do have a commitment from Kala Ramesh to lead a brief session, following the completion of this new Kasen. Thank you, Kala! But our schedule remains open after that. Please contact me if you would like to lead a renku session on this site. In the meantime, I am hoping that sharing the leadership of this next Kasen will whet the appetites of future renku leaders!
With best wishes to all,